Kyousuke #1

For my piano class final, I’ve decided to play this: http://ichigos.com/content/inc/getfile.php?id=735&type=midi

So far, I have the first section down pretty good. I’m working on the first part of it, now.

Toshiba and Me

Okay, since a grand total of none of you read what I wrote, I guess I’ll move onto other topics.

My laptop, hammerhead, died last night. I saw the warning signs of blue screens and other nonsense, so I offloaded any personal data I had on it and then did a full system recovery and restore. 5 minutes into the newly-restored laptop, it blue screened again. I called technical support at Toshiba and they asked me to take it into an authorized service provider.

This is not atypical. I just needed to grab a case number from them.

However, while I had the technician on the phone, I asked him some pretty point-blank questions. I asked if my laptop was still in rotation (ie: they had spare parts for it) and he said yes. I asked him if the laptop was discontinued, he said no. Okay, so that helps, because if the laptop is discontinued or out of rotation, then the ASP can’t help me. They won’t be able to order any parts for a laptop that has no support from Toshiba.

When I bought the laptop, though, I spent the extra $100 bucks for a warranty extension of 2 years, so the laptop is covered until March of 2009.

I took it into the service center and they got all itchy when they saw it. The first thing the technician there told me was, “Yeah, I don’t think we’re going to be able to help you. I’m pretty this model’s discontinued.” Color me shocked. Toshiba got it wrong? No way. They were pretty apologetic, though, and suggested I contact Customer Relations and have them ship me a brand new model, because they don’t even have my P25-S676/80 in their reserves anymore.

Also, the system’s mainboard was recalled due to serious problems. Gee, thanks for letting me know, Toshiba.

I called Toshiba’s customer relations and they bounced me all over the damn place. I waited on hold for nearly an hour before I got to the right department, and then she took my information, gave me a new case number, and then told me to stand by for 2 days while she seeks approval from ‘Corporate’ to offer me other options. And if they do decide to ship me a new laptop, it could take up to 2 weeks for it to get to me.

Joy.

So, here I sit, waiting for them to call me back. How much you want to bet it’ll be me calling them?

Writing: Need Opinions, please

I’ve been tinkering around with following up a short story I wrote three years ago. In order to really provide a proper frame of reference, that short story is located here:

Agamemnon: http://fiction.hopestation.net/viewstory.php?sid=1&chapter=1

The novella I’m working on has the first chapter done, and it is located here:

The Sacrifice of Agamemnon: http://fiction.hopestation.net/viewstory.php?sid=7

I know a lot of you aren’t Trek fans, but I could use some insight on whether or not I’m proceeding in the right direction.

Thanks.

Obligatory Gloating Post

GO TRIBE!

Oh, man. Talk about a serious spanking tonight. Indians trounce Red Sux 7-3 to take Game 4 and go ahead 3 games to 1 in the ALCS. A 7-run inning started and ended by Casey Blake! I gotta say, it’s awesome when the Red Sox fall apart under normal circumstances, but having them made of complete fail while they’re facing your team in the ALCS is just orgasmic-like schadenfreude. The only way this could be better, is if it was the Giants and Red Sox in the World Series and the Giants were up 3-1. That is really the only way it could get better, I’m telling you.

GO TRIBE!

And Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox!

Whipped out with the Berman-style fellatio for this one. However, I think Andy Benard said it best: “In your face, sucker!”

Folks, not only did my Tribe win Game 2, but they did it in the 11th on a 7 run inning off of Eric fucking Gagne. Poetic justice for all those years of facing him when he was wearing Dodger blue. My, how the mighty have fallen.

Suck it, Red Sox. Suck it hard. See you in Cleveland.

Bring lots of insect repellent. Those bugs sure love the taste of failure.

It’s going to be a Tribe/Rockies world series. Tribe will win it in 6.

GO TRIBE!